Private Clouds

Enterprises Prefer Private Clouds: Survey

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Gina Ross.

Adoption of cloud models is moving into a mature stage as more organizations expect to transition key IT operations to the cloud over the next five years, with private cloud deployments leading the way. Today, 61 percent of organizations have at least a portion of their computing infrastructure in the cloud, according to an IDG Enterprise cloud computing report.

Although many enterprises are still trying to identify IT operations that are good candidates for cloud hosting, cloud investments are up compared with last year, increasing by 10 percent for an average investment of $1.5 million, said IDG. Based on 1,358 survey respondents, a key finding shows that 29 percent of companies expect that the majority of IT operations—with the exception of financial and compliance applications—will be in the cloud in the next five years...

Cloud computing: private vs public

Grazed from ChannelPro.  Author: Edward Jones.

Cloud computing is the latest buzz word in the IT world, but what exactly does it mean for your business? If you’re reading this, chances are that you already know what ‘the cloud’ means and you’re weighing up how best to implement this revolutionary innovation within your business environment.

Depending on a number of different factors within your business, you will either be considering operating a “private cloud” or joining a “public cloud”. This article will help to explain the material differences between these two functionally similar technologies, assess the positive and negative implications of them as solutions within your business, and hopefully bring you to a natural conclusion as to which offers the best platform for your business...

Want a cloud where you call the shots? Consider ownCloud

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.

Nervous about the NSA, PRISM and your public cloud? Not sure you want to put all your data eggs in one Amazon Web Services zone basket? Then, maybe ownCloud's just released enterprise version of its open-source cloud program, ownCloud 5.0 Enterprise Edition, is what you want need.

OwnCloud is as an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud service. With it you can store your files, folders, contacts, photo galleries, calendars and more on your own servers. You can then access that storage from your mobile device, your desktop, or a Web browser. You can also sync your data with local devices and share your data either with the world at large or specific, approved users...

Why Microsoft’s cloud matters: Hint the reason begins with “A” but it ain’t Azure

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

It won’t surprise you to hear that Microsoft cloud chief Satya Nadella thinks Windows Azure is ready for primetime not only among the big and medium-sized companies where Windows and .NET are entrenched but among lean Mac-laden startups that have made Amazon Web Services the de facto infrastructure standard.

In his view, Windows Azure is already a major player in public cloud and will get bigger because Microsoft has the apps that prove Azure’s mettle day in and day out. In an interview following his Structure 2013 talk, Nadella conceded that Azure does not yet have an outside “poster child” for Azure — the role Netflix plays for AWS. But, it does have a ton of internal workloads humming away testing out the service...

Fidelity Investments Brokerage Is Investing in OpenStack for Private Clouds

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Jeffrey Swartz.

The large brokerage firm Fidelity Investments is running private clouds based on the OpenStack open source environment with an eye toward eventually bursting to public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds. Kevin Finn, group technology VP at Fidelity, on Wednesday gave the nod to the company's OpenStack initiative at the GigaOM Structure conference during an onstage interview with Rackspace CTO John Engates. Also on the panel was Jim O'Neill, CIO of HubSpot, a marketing services startup that is using OpenStack for private clouds.

While Finn didn't provide significant detail about Fidelity's OpenStack implementation, he indicated it was still early on. Finn did say Fidelity has participated in the open source collaboration efforts of the OpenStack Foundation and has attended its summits, the most recent one being held in Portland back in April...

Private PaaS: the next generation platform for enterprises

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: David Linthicum.

The early cloud computing adopters, mostly website developers, made initial use of emerging public PaaS technology such as Heroku, Engine Yard, and Google App Engine. Driving this movement was the use of the instant sandbox, which allowed developers to begin writing their apps without worrying about the underlying infrastructure.

However, enterprises practically ignored public PaaS for obvious reasons, such as security and governance. While enterprises have the desire to create a standard development and deployment platform for the enterprise, they cannot afford the risks of multitenant public cloud services. So how do you make PaaS work for your enterprise? The answer lies in understanding new models of delivery, such as private PaaS. Moreover, there are emerging patterns of use that provide more business agility...

PRISM could foil the public-cloud campaign, and private clouds might lie in crosshairs

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Jordan Novet.

Just as a good share of consumers are concerned about their privacy after news broke about the National Security Agency’s PRISM program, some cloud-computing executives believe the news could hamper their industry as well.

In fact, government access to data in clouds could be blown wide open if the FBI gets its way in passing certain legislation. But that could be in the future. For now, actually, the workloads running on Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds could be harder to get at than data inside higher-level consumer-cloud services and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications...

The Pros and Cons of Private and Public PaaS

Grazed from Virtualization Practice. Author: Mike Kavis.

I just returned from attending the Cloud Expo in New York City this week. The conference was dominated by private and hybrid cloud topics. There were several private Platform as a Service (PaaS) vendors attending whom I spent a great deal of time talking to as I walked the floor. It seems these days that many enterprises default to private and hybrid clouds and therefore insist on private PaaS as well. It is critical that consumers of PaaS services understand the pros and cons of both public and private PaaS before making a commitment to a PaaS deployment model.

Public PaaS

Public PaaS solutions are platforms that run on the public cloud. The first PaaS solutions in the market place dictated both the stack that the code would be written in and the location of the datacenter that the code would be run on. For example, Force.com requires a proprietary language called Apex, and all of the Apex code runs on Force.com’s datacenter. Google’s PaaS forces developers to write in Python and runs the code in the Google datacenters. Microsoft’ PaaS requires .NET and runs in their datacenters...

ownCloud Enhances Private Cloud File Sharing for Android, iOS

Grazed from The Var Guy. Author: Christopher Tozzi.

What does it mean to have a cloud of one's own? Most of us would probably be satisfied with just the basics: Automatic file syncing, easy sharing features and efficient, Web-based access to data. But ownCloud, the open source cloud infrastructure project with humble beginnings, now offers much more, as the slew of innovative features in the most recent release of its mobile Android and iOS apps shows.

By offering an open source platform that lets individuals and enterprises build file-syncing and sharing infrastructures on their own hardware or in a private cloud, ownCloud has always stood out in a competitive niche where most other products were proprietary or subscription-based. But in its early days—and even after the launch of a commercial entity, called ownCloud Inc., to provide services related to the open source ownCloud software—ownCloud's feature set remained pretty basic...

Private PaaS eases enterprise governance, cloud security concerns

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Alex Barrett.

Concerns surrounding security and governance are prompting some Platform as a Service players to offer their wares on private infrastructure, not just the public cloud.   "Whether it's for data sovereignty or governance reasons, some of our customers tell us PaaS must be behind their firewall," said ActiveState's Copeland. "They say, 'There's no way we're putting our data on the public cloud,'" he said.

Implementing Platform as a Service (PaaS) in-house can also lay the groundwork for future use of public PaaS, he said. Hewlett-Packard used ActiveState Stackato in-house, and decided to license it as part of its HP Cloud Application Platform as a Service running on top of OpenStack, currently in beta. "That provides us with a common infrastructure stack that we can deploy on both public and private platforms," said Dan Baigent, HP Cloud Services senior director for business development...